Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens.
This week I pondered what else to do with dahlias and zinnias, the two summer staples of my still very dry garden this year. Both have a “cut and come again” nature that keeps the house filled with fresh flowers.
Zinnias had the limelight last week so I limited today’s offerings to simple monochromatic posies using my two most productive dahlias: Dahlia ‘David Howard’ and D. ‘Gallery Art Deco.’ Without producing rain, cloudy overcast skies have teased relentlessly, making it a challenge to capture the flowers at their best, but I hope you can see the earnest expressions of beauty on their faces.
I admire D. ‘David Howard’ for its apricot-orangey color range and the subtle softness of its rounded petals. Its dark foliage is also an asset. This matte-glazed vase in complementary blue came from an Eno Festival artist many years ago.
D. ‘Gallery Art Deco’ is pretty as a sunset. Its petals are slightly twisted with pointed tips.
For this quick arrangement I placed a spray of gaura into the floral pin of a favorite Ikebana vase, followed by a few stems of D. ‘Gallery Art Deco’ and a Sedum ‘Autumn Joy.’
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Small matte-glazed blue ceramic vase
Porcelain Ikebana vase. Rectangle Blue Zen (6.75L x 3.75W x 2H inches)
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower designs across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place In A Vase On Monday.
Oh which to choose…I wonder, it is tricky…but I shall go with Dahlia David Howard. I was only looking this one up a couple of days ago…this has confirmed it! Have a good week.
I think you’ll be pleased with your choice Noelle.
I had to smile at how you descriv=bd the clouds as ‘teasing’ you, Susie! Both vases today are delightful in themselves, but what a great combination they make too, as the second picture shows
The clouds played with my psyche for a couple days, Cathy, but all blue again now–not even bothering to pretend rain could come. I’m glad I gave dahlias a try this year.
I am glad you gave dahlias a try too! Here, we were close to a frost last night, can you believe it?!
Seems too early for frost but I know it’s coming. Our average first frost date is October 27.
Temps went down to about 5 degrees and this seems to have put paid to things like Busy Lizzies. The date of our first actual frost is very variable – not sure about the average
Both of these dahlias are superb, Susie – gorgeous in color and form.
Thanks Eliza. I purchased them on a whim and have been pleased.
I truly mean this as a compliment, but those dahlias are so beautiful and perfect they look like silk flowers. They must be extremely happy in their growing conditions in your garden. 🙂
I know what you mean, Judy. Thanks!
I love that first picture and the Dahlias. The Gaura was an inspired addition. I hope you are not getting the heatwave like Atlanta and a good soaking rain falls soon.
Thanks Amelia. The gaura didn’t stay as upright as I’d hoped but it softened the arrangement and added some movement. It has been uncomfortably hot in 90s. Today is supposed to be cooler but still no rain.
Arrgh,lack of rain is frustrating.
Two beautiful compositions, Susie. Your addition of the Gaura in the second arrangement was inspired. Both the dahlias are lovely and I’d be hard-pressed to choose my favorite between them.
Thanks Kris! I’m surprised to see that gaura blooming. It barely made a presence in spring and I thought it had died. I’m glad I tried a few different dahlias this year. These two are reliable and I plan to include them again next year.
Your dahlias are exquisite Susie, especially the second one. Such gorgeous colours. And beautifully arranged as always! 🙂
Thanks Cathy. I purchased that second dahlia, Gallery Art Deco, on a whim, tacking it on to the order at the last moment. It’s proved its worth.
Oh my goodness, those are dreamy Dahlias! I’m really going to have to find more space for Dahlias in my garden in the future. Your arrangements are lovely, as always, too!
Thanks Beth. We gardeners are always looking for a little more space!
I love the addition of Gaura to your mix. Gorgeous as always
Thank you. Gaura is prettier now than it was in spring.
It is truly Dahlia days, and you have some really nice ones.
Thanks Jason. I may become like people who keep wanting more snowdrops!
I am sorry to miss your posts. I know there is one from yesterday too. By the time I get to it, the flowers may not be seasonable. These dahlias are rad though. I am surprised by their popularity in climates where I would not expect them to do as well as they do here. (Someone in the Pacific Northwest just showed pictures from a dahlia grower in Washington.)
Still dahlias and zinnias this week but they are quickly drying up from lack of rain.
We could not grow them without watering them.
Thanks, so far the berries haven’t made a big mess. They do add interesting texture.
(I think you replied to the wrong comment.)